Date: January 19th, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Edifier Canada
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So we'll start with this enormous box that it all comes in. Its one heavy system, that's for sure. I definitely couldn't handle anything else but carry this, definitely a two person job if you have doors to open, etc. And guys, don't have the girlfriend or wife go and pick this up at the post office, let's just say she won't be happy.
First thing you see when you open the big box up is a nice 8.5 x 11 Booklet of Instructions. This will explain in layman's terms how to set up your brand new system to any computer sound card, game console, TV, or anything else with A/V plugs.
Also included is the fully functional infrared remote control. I will go over the features it can control in a later section. There is nothing more handy than a remote for changing volume and speaker setting from across the room.
The first cables I will cover is the connections required between you computer to the sound card.. The r501 ships with three of them, one for front, back and center/woofer. Make sure you computer audio properties are setup and the right ports are set for the connections.
If per chance you won't be hooking this through your computer and are direct wiring it to a DVD or CD player, this included auxiliary cable can come in very handy. This could be considered a nice bonus feature seeing most speaker manufacturers don't include the audio cables for other applications.